A Russian Dinner at the Winter Palace inside the Russian Cultural Centre in R K Salai should never be missed. It is an open restaurant with fans and cozy ambiance. The food is delicious.
This is “Royal Tomatoes” a starter too. Tomatoes are filled with cream cheese mixed with herbs and delicate garlic undertones, topped with Gouda Cheese.
This was a starter called “Fish in Fur” which was a spicy cured salted fish, dressed by layers of boiled vegetable and chef’s mayonnaise dressing. We totally loved this dish. I personally enjoyed it because it was a bit cold and most importantly the fish was not smelly which usually turns me off. I am not a fan of fish hence like to have fish dishes that generally don’t give you that typical fishy taste.
“Fish in Fur” is a classic Russian winter recipe, popular especially during New Year celebrations. The main ingredients are beets, potatoes and lightly salted herring; the salad is composed of vegetable layers coated with mayonnaise. Nowadays, ‘shuba’ has undergone a number of changes, one add hard-boiled eggs, another omit onions or add an apple. But the one thing is still constant – the salad is incredibly favoured and beloved by many Russians!
My favourite: I love eating Fish Fingers too.
This dish was something specially made by the chef as advised by the Russian representative. He asked us to drink a sip of Vodka and a spoonful of the meat and salad together. It gave us an alcohol burn for a few seconds and it was a good experience for my friend and I who haven’t eaten Russian food earlier in Chennai.
The Russian guy who started this restaurant inside the Russian Federation in Chennai was very happy to give us some Vodka along with our starter.
The name of the dish below is “Stroganina” and is supposedly to be eaten after pouring Vodka on top of the meat as indicated by him so my friend and I were happy to try it out. The strength of Vodka and meat gave us a high for a moment and almost burnt our stomach. It was truly an experience.
A “Stroganina” is a dish of the indigenous people of northern Arctic Siberia consisting of raw, thin, long-sliced frozen fish but this was beef with Carpaccio and Chef’s special sauce.
This was a Chicken Steak with butter rice and veggies.
This is “Salmon a la Moscow” which is a fillet of Indian Salmon grilled and baked with tomato and cheese served with choice of accompaniments.
- Our bill was high because we experimented a lot and chose to eat many dishes. Else the average cost for two is round about Rs 1500/-.
- Exquisite interiors themed as a palace with pleasing colors and fine paintings are certainly captivating. The food they offer is predominantly Russian with some Indian Customization as well.
- Try their Beef Steak. I ate that on my second visit.
- Most of the dishes are not completely Russian. As usual, the chefs or the owners have tweaked the recipes or dishes a bit.
Приятного аппетита! (Prijatnogo appetita!)
Winter Palace Restaurant
Address: 74, Kasthuri Ranga Rd, Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600018
Timings: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Winter Palace Restaurant Menu